Books

Erdrich wins Library of Congress fiction prize

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 19 March 2015 07:17

Novelist Louise Erdrich will be honored with the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction this year.

Erdrich is the author of such acclaimed novels as "Love Medicine," "The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse," "The Plague of Doves" and her current novel, "The Round House."

‘Station Eleven’ among nominees for PEN-Faulkner prize

Written by The AP Saturday, 14 March 2015 11:28

Emily St. John Mandel’s “Station Eleven,” a Dystopian novel about a post-pandemic world that was one of last year’s top literary releases, is a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner award for fiction.

The other finalists announced for the $15,000 prize are Jeffery Renard Allen’s historical novel “Song of the Shank,” Jennifer Clement’s tale of a young Mexican girl “Prayers for the Stolen,” Atticus Lish’s multicultural love story “Preparation for the Next Life” and Jenny Offill’s marriage chronicle “Dept. of Speculation.”

Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth writes memoir: 'Girl in a Band'

Written by MAE ANDERSON,
Associated Press
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 12:49

As the front woman for influential indie band Sonic Youth for three decades, Kim Gordon had a ringside seat as experimental music left the grimy clubs of New York and went mainstream with the help of MTV and Lollapalooza in the 1980s and 1990s.

Married to band co-founder Thurston Moore for 27 years, the duo seemed to have the perfect rock-star marriage — until it unraveled in 2011, devastating fans.

Are you reading what Mark Zuckerberg's reading? Pinker's 'The Better Angels'

Written by HILLEL ITALIE,
AP National Writer
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 07:20

Mark Zuckerberg has made his next book club pick, a release he considers especially timely after the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.

The Facebook CEO announced earlier this week he would take on Steven Pinker’s “The Better Angels of Our Nature,” a widely discussed and occasionally criticized 2011 book that contends violence has decreased in modern times and the world has become more humane. Zuckerberg posted the news on his Facebook page and on a community page he set up for his club, A Year of Books.

Review: Dennis Lehane writes gripping finale to crime trilogy

Written by OLINE H. COGDILL,
Associated Press writer
Sunday, 15 March 2015 11:23

Dennis Lehane’s thrilling trilogy about organized crime in the early 20th century is more than a look at gangsters and their ways. Without glorifying the illegal, Lehane’s “World Gone By” examines how crime works on one’s soul and what it means to know that the life you’ve chosen must give way to the next breed of criminals in this, the gripping finale.

“World Gone By” is also a textbook guide on how to end a series as Lehane smoothly guides his characters and plot to a smooth finish in this series that began with “The Given Day” (2008).

Review: 'Goldeneye' explores Ian Fleming's Jamaican retreat

Written by JENNIFER KAY,
Associated Press writer
Friday, 13 March 2015 11:01

James Bond is a British icon, but the fictional spy hero really was born in Jamaica, just as the Caribbean island gained its independence from the waning British empire.

The relationship between Bond's author, Ian Fleming, and the island where he sought to escape from dreary post-war Britain is explored in Matthew Parker's unique biography, “Goldeneye.”

Take a look — Dr. Seuss has a new book

Written by The AP Saturday, 21 February 2015 06:23

More than 20 years after his death, there is still plenty of news about Dr. Seuss.

Random House Children's Books said Wednesday it will publish a recently discovered manuscript with illustrations called "What Pet Should I Get" on July 28. The publisher plans at least two more books, based on materials found in 2013 in the author's home in La Jolla, California, by his widow and secretary.

Novel explores Van Gogh’s silent period

Written by M.L. JOHNSON,
Associated Press writer
Thursday, 08 January 2015 08:34

When Vincent van Gogh steps off the train in the coal-mining region of Belgium known as the Borinage, his artist’s eye is immediately captivated by his surroundings.

“The haze of coal smoke made it seem as if night were falling; the black was so thick, I felt I could take grasp of it with my hand and pull free a piece,” he recalls in a letter to his brother.

Chazen to show prized Shakespeare folio

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 14 March 2015 13:27

One of the most prized books in the world — the very first collection of William Shakespeare’s plays — is coming to Wisconsin. UW–Madison's Chazen Museum of Art has announced that First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, a national traveling exhibition, will visit Madison in 2016.

The tour marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and the exhibit at the Chazen will be the only showing in the state.

Bridget Birdsall’s intersex YA novel a slam dunk

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 26 February 2015 14:19

Bridget Birdsall’s Double Exposure, one of the latest additions to YA lit, puts us in the shoes of intersex teen Alyx. She’s looking for a fresh start, after relentless bullying in Northern California pressures her and her mother to move to Milwaukee, where they move in with Alyx’s grandfather and uncle on the South Side. There, Alyx quickly makes a name for herself on the girls’ basketball team, but her triumph may be short-lived when a competitive teammate with her own bullying tactics begins to make life difficult for her.

WiG spoke with Birdsall, who lives in Madison, about the novel in late 2014.

'To Kill a Mockingbird' author Harper Lee to have second novel published — 50 years later

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 04 February 2015 07:35

Harper Lee in the 1950s. -PHOTO: enWikipedia

To Kill a Mockingbird will not be Harper Lee's only published book after all.

The big reads in book news in 2014

Written by HILLEL ITALIE,
AP National Writer
Monday, 22 December 2014 19:58

Like a serial for the digital age, the book world’s most dramatic story of 2014 unfolded in installments, often in real time.

A dispute about e-book revenues between Amazon.com and Hachette Book Group led to Amazon’s removing buy buttons, cutting discounts and reducing orders for works ranging from J.K. Rowling’s latest detective thriller to J.D. Salinger’s “Nine Stories.” The battle lasted for months. Hachette author Stephen Colbert flipped the bird to Amazon, right on camera. Amazon suggested that frustrated customers might try buying books elsewhere.